AP writes an article with the headline screaming "Webb: Democrats will provide Iraq Remedy" and after reading it multiple times, I still cannot find the so-called remedy for Iraq.
The only remedy to a series of Iraq policy failures by President Bush is a Democratic takeover of Congress in the Nov. 7 election, Virginia Senate candidate Jim Webb said Saturday.
The only "remedy" that is mentioned in the article though is the one above. The implication being that a takeover in congress IS the remedy. Again, no actual plan of action in Iraq, simply a takeover in congress. Isn't something missing? Like..um.... an IDEA? A plan? How stupid do these people think the American public is? How are we supposed to trust him or the Democrats to find a solution? This man probably couldn't find his own penis without Democratic help.
"Since 2003, President Bush has laid out nine different plans for victory in Iraq, none of them serious and none of them workable. And most seriously, this incompetence has hindered our ability to fight international terror," Webb said.
He readily admits here the President Bush has indeed changed tactics multiple times to find a winning formula in Iraq, and as our President tells us, he will continue to do so until they find a solution that works the best to win the war in Iraq and on terror.
"A Democratic Congress will demand from day one that the president find a real way forward in Iraq. We'll work with the administration and other Republicans to develop a concrete plan, but none of us are ready to settle for empty rhetoric, or the same old unacceptable results," Webb said.
This part I love the most... the remedy for the Democrat's is the demand that the President find a way forward. Wow, a novel idea!!! Now, no assurances here that any idea is going to work immediately. No mention that 14 out of 18 provinces in Iraq ARE practically free of violence. No mention of the fact that in recent days the violence has decreased. No mention of the Pentagon's comments either about Al-Qaeda using the media and dupes like Webb to try to sway the votes in the coming up elections.
Now, Webb is not one that should speak about the war or about the military, nor strategies. Webb's credibility is nil at this point.
Hat Tip to Red State for Webb's very own words about women:
“And I have never met a woman, including the dozens of female midshipmen I encountered during my recent semester as a professor at the Naval Academy, whom I would trust to provide those men with combat leadership.” (pg. 148, “Women Can’t Fight,” Washingtonian Magazine, November 1979)
“Many women appear to be having problems with their sexuality…What kind of woman would seek out the Academy routine?” (pg. 282, “Women Can’t Fight,” Washingtonian Magazine, November 1979)
“What the whole world may not know is that women did not attain these positions in the same way that men historically have…Women will not be leading men inside the brigade this year. They will be managing them, buttressed by the officers who hurried them along. And the morale of the brigade will demonstrate this distinction far better than this article ever could.” (pg. 277, “Women Can’t Fight,” Washingtonian Magazine, November 1979)Webb referred to female midshipman at Annapolis as “thunder thighs.” (Baltimore Sun, 8/28/92)
Then we have Webb's legacy:
An informal group calling themselves “Webbites” shamelessly practices bigotry. Adherents of James Webb, former secretary of the Navy who in a visit to the Naval Academy several years ago referred to female midshipmen as “Thunder Thighs,” this group has evolved over the past decade from a collection of outspoken critics of women in the military to a secret society, one that in 1991 referred to itself as the “WUBA KLUX KLAN” and solicited new members to further its goal of ridding the Naval Academy of women.” (The New Republic, 8/17/92)These are examples of what Webb has said publicly... now in conjunction with this, we have his "fictional" writings. Normally I would discount a writer and what they write and chalk it up to creative license. In this case I cannot because of the publicly stated quotes above.
Webb’s novels disturbingly and consistently – indeed, almost uniformly – portray women as servile, subordinate, inept, incompetent, promiscuous, perverted, or some combination of these. In novel after novel, Webb assigns his female characters base, negative characteristics. In thousands of pages of fiction penned by Webb, there are few if any strong, admirable women or positive female role models.
From Webb's novel "Lost Soldiers":
“A shirtless man walked toward them along a mud pathway. His muscles were young and hard, but his face was devastated with wrinkles. His eyes were so red that they appeared to be burned by fire. A naked boy ran happily toward him from a little plot of dirt. The man grabbed his young son in his arms, turned him upside down, and put the boy’s penis in his mouth.”Bantam Books, NY, 1st Edition, 2001, (hard cover), page 333.
Quote is from para. 10,.Chap. 34.
From Webb's Novel "A sense of Honor":
“Nurse Goodbody, dark and voluptuous (Lenahan had forgotten her actual name, it was something long and Italian), was a bedtime friend to many of the doctors in Bethesda. She had hinted to Lenahan that she simply could not contain herself. Doctors tending to patients, she explained, aroused her. Morphine Mary (again Lenahan could not remember her exact name) was a thin, nervous drill sergeant type, a disciplinarian who did not allow her patients even to complain. Lenahan was convinced that Morphine Mary did not even sleep with her husband. She wasn’t bad looking, he mused again, staring at her thin frame. If she’d just get laid every now and then she’d mellow out and stop being such a damn witch.” (p. 164) (Lenahan brings Goodbody home with him and has sex, pp. 188-190)
Prentice-Hall, New York, 1981 (hardcover)
Bantam, New York, 1982 (Mass-Market paperback edition), p. 164
Trade paperback edition, Bluejacket Books, 1995, p. 164
Quote is from fourth para in Part 3, “Chapter 4:1600”
I am not posting the rest, this should give you an idea. As I said, had he not made his insulting comments about women previously, these excerpts would not carry much weight, but when added together, it makes me wonder how on earth anyone could consider voting for this man.
To see more of his writing and how he describes women feel free to visit here.
10/29/06- More posting on this: Amy Proctor.
The culture so dramatically symbolized by the Southern redneck [is] the greatest inhibitor of the plans of the activist Left and the cultural Marxists for a new kind of society altogether.
From the perspective of the activist Left, [rednecks] are the greatest obstacles to what might be called the collectivist taming of America, symbolized by the edicts of political correctness. And for the last fifty years the Left has been doing everything in its power to sue them, legislate against their interests, mock them in the media, isolate them as idiosyncratic, and publicly humiliate their traditions in order to make them, at best, irrelevant to America's future growth.
--from Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America, by James Webb (2004)
This from a man that now embraces the very philosophy he so elequently criticized in 2004.